The Complete Greek Temples

The Complete Greek Temples


By (author) Tony Spawforth

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  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 256mm x 28mm | 1,179g
  • Publication date: 19 June 2006
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0500051429
  • ISBN 13: 9780500051429
  • Illustrations note: 400 illustrations, 121 in colour
  • Sales rank: 242,159

Product description

This is the first complete, fully illustrated survey of Greek temples ever compiled in one volume. From the debated origins of the temple in the Greek dark ages to its transformation at the end of antiquity, this book summarizes the latest thinking, bringing to light new discoveries, and placing emphasis not only on the architecture but also its cultural and historical context. Written by a leading authority and profusely illustrated with photographs, maps, plans and reconstruction drawings, this is both an inspiring survey for tourists and travellers and an essential work of reference for all those interested in the monuments of our classical past.

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Author information

Tony Spawforth is Professor of Ancient History at Newcastle-Upon-Tyne University and Honorary Curator of the Shefton Museum of Greek Art there. He is also well-known as a presenter for the BBC television series 'Ancient Voices'.

Table of contents

Introduction: Temples, Lands and Gods; 1. Homes of the Gods: Development, Glory and Decline; 2. Building for the Gods: Siting, Construction, Decoration and Finance; 3. The Living Temple: The Parts of the Temple and their Uses; 4. Encounters with the Gods: The Temple in its Sacred Setting; 5. Seven Journeys through Greek Lands.